Ruth Shockey was born Sept. 13, 1938 in Coryell County, Texas to Eugene Henry Lewis & Ellen Ozell Latham Lewis. She graduated from Breckenridge High School in 1956 where she was active in 4H and band.
Ruth married Gerald Dowell Shockey on May 25, 1957 at First Baptist Church, Breckenridge. From early in their marriage, they were active at First Baptist Church in Abilene, Arlington and Plano.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Gerald. Her 3 children: Sharon Shockey Davis & husband Richard, Sarah Shockey Williams & husband Joe & Stephen Shockey & wife Daphane. Grandchildren: Jeremy McHenry, Jaimee McHenry, Jedidiah Davis & wife Megan, Jessica Gonzales, Leilia Panui & Justin Shockey. Great-grandchildren: Leia McHenry, Emma McHenry, Owen Davis. Sisters: Mary Gadberry & husband Hugh, Wanda Souter, Judith Couchman, Virginia Lewis, Modiene Garland, Anita Bird & husband Bill & sisterin-law Marinell Miller & husband Jack, along with many nieces and nephews, who she loved as if they were her own. Additionally her best friend Dorothy ‘Fergie’ Offield was like another sister.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Eugene & Ozell Lewis, brothers Richard Lewis, Gene Lewis, Henry Lewis, & Jimmy Souter; sister Carolyn Lewis Bingham & husband Pat & great-grandson Jeremy McHenry, Jr.
She started working for Richardson Medical Center in 1970 until 1975 when the family moved to Alexandria, VA. There she worked at Mt. Vernon Hospital until 1978 when the family moved back to Plano, TX, where she resumed working at Richardson Medical Center until 1988 when she retired to care for her mother-in-law.
Ruth was “mom” to the many friends who were brought home by Sharon, Sarah and Stephen over the years, loving them all unconditionally. She had a rare gift of making each and every person in her life feel loved and that they were the most special person in her world.
Funeral services for Ruth were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Unity Presbyterian Church in Turnersville. Visitation was held at 12:30 p.m. prior to the service. Interment followed in the Turnersville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Unity House Restoration, Attn: Ed Leach, 2171 Hay Valley Rd., Gatesville, TX 76528.